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Discussion: Book: Orienteering Training and Performance

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Mar 2, 2021 9:59 PM # 
In 1987, Orienteering Ontario published the book, “Orienteering Training and Performance”. Orienteers around the world bought it along with its sister book, “Orienteering Skills and Strategies”. Both books are now outdated and out of print so OOA shared them online for free a few years ago.

Orienteering Ontario is about to recycle most of the remaining copies of “Training and Performance”, as the book is available online and the science has changed a great deal. There are no remaining copies of “Skills and Strategies”. If anyone *really* wants a hard copy, we’d be willing to set a few more aside - not for shipping but to hand over in person when we can see each other again. Please comment here or email by March 12. Thanks!
Mar 5, 2021 10:19 PM # 
I used to be the custodian of our club training library, and I think I remember that it included these books.
Mar 5, 2021 11:51 PM # 
We have a club training library?
Mar 6, 2021 11:45 PM # 
The book may be outdated to some but it is still much more readable and clearer than a host of YouTube videos and other other modern media posted out there.
It is also more up-to-date than the early 1970's class set on orienteering training that I saw on one classroom's shelves recently.
I'll gladly take 50 or so copies and hope that we can meet in the near future (May to October) to have an exchange.
Mar 7, 2021 6:11 AM # 
I'd be happy to set those aside for you, Gord. In case you might be thinking of the other OOA book, I want to be clear that this book doesn't discuss navigation. It addresses topics like exercise physiology (VO2max, heart rate training, ATP, etc.) and principles of physical training. After 34 years, that science has advanced considerably. If you're familiar with the book and still believe it would be useful, I'll certainly keep a box for you.

Here's a direct link to the text in case you want to review the Table of Contents.
Mar 7, 2021 3:00 PM # 
Yes, I was thinking of Skills and Strategies.
But this one will be somewhat useful. Plus if there are any of the Jim Gilchrist book - I think it was the Instructors' Manual - I'd take those, too.
Mar 7, 2021 6:19 PM # 
No, this is all we found. Would you still like 50 copies? My take is that this book was probably an excellent resource for many sports in its day. The scientific explanations are detailed enough that anyone interested in reading them would probably be interested in more current information. However, not everything has changed and some of the explanations of concepts may still be helpful. I would probably use it as a starting point to identify useful topics, then google recent info about those topics.
Mar 8, 2021 12:48 AM # 
I have in mind to offer a copy to each of the teams in our Florida JROTC orienteering program so 50 might not be quite enough. I was thinking skills and strategies but having skimmed through the table of contents of T&P it occurs to me that these teams have very little background in endurance training nor do many of their instructors. These books, as old as they are, could open doors in the minds of some.
Mar 8, 2021 4:32 AM # 
OK, great - I'll set 60 books aside for you if that's sufficient.
Mar 8, 2021 9:58 AM # 
Thank you very much Bash. Surely we can find some way to meet up this coming summer. Maybe in a vaccine line somewhere?
Mar 8, 2021 4:54 PM # 
Looks like you and I will be vaccinated this spring - yahoo! If you have Ottawa friends driving to southern Ontario over the next while, maybe we could meet and I could give a box to them.

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